Spirit Lake Ranch

Helps with— Moderate Behavioral Problems and Mental Health

  • Residential, 6-8 months long (More severe behavioral problems)
  • Uses the Strengthening Families Program
  • Located in Mona, Utah
  • Boys ages 13-18


What makes us unique?

  • Historic Ranch Setting (est. 1870)
  • Care and training of animals
  • Boys learn practical gardening skills

Services Provided while at the Program:

  • Daily groups (both PRS and Group Therapy)
  • Weekly individual Therapy (more if needed)
  • Work through Stages of Change
  • Each client is assigned a Guide to help them through their treatment
  • Clients go to school on site (credit recovery offered if needed)
  • Transports to Home Visits in later stages
  • Phone calls to family each week
  • Participate in service project and outdoor activities including treks

Impact Ranch Impact Ranch is for boys with moderate behavioral problems. It is a 16 bed facility and contracts with DCFS, ages 13 to 18 located in Mona Utah. The program is designed to be a 6-8 month program. Clients have daily groups (both PRS and group therapy). The clients meet with a therapist at least once a week and more if needed, as well as family therapy.

The clients go to school on site and are offered credit recovery if needed. School is sponsored by Nebo School District. While in treatment the clients work their way through the Stages of Change. For the last three months of the Program, clients and their families participate in the Strengthening Families Program, including in-home Family Coaching and visits are overnight. The clients get to also have phone calls with their families each week. Each client has a guide that helps them through their treatment and will be in contact with the family in addition to their Therapist and Family Coach.

They participate in service projects and outdoor activities, including day hikes and having camp fires. The boys are able to work with animals, learning patience and kindness. The boys learn life skills that will be useful to them in the future.

Enrollment Information:

Enrollment: Chelsea Thomas – 801.885.7245
Program Director: Rachel Walker – 801.380.1614


Rachel Walker – Program Director

Rachel WalkerRachel is married to Jeremy Walker and lives in Fountain Green, UT. She is the mother of 3 boys (who are her world). She loves to hunt, camp and be riding their new side by side with her family. Rachel has worked in residential treatment for over 13 years. She started at The Journey 5 years ago as an instructor and since then has also been a Guide, Mentor and took care of the overall medical needs of the clients as the Medical coordinator. She is now the Program Director and loves working with the youth and their families to make healthier relationships. It is her passion to work with these boys and she puts her whole heart into it everyday.

Tyler Rees– Assistant Director

TylerReesTyler Rees grew up in Lehi, UT where as a young man he had a strong passion for sports, team work, and a good work ethic. His love for teaching youth these same principals in sports lead him to Southern Utah University where he began to study History Education and Coaching. While there he became a History tutor at a local residential treatment center. Working with these youth he learned that he could use these same principles in a more meaningful way by working with the youth through their therapy and treatment. While working with these young men he truly has found his calling, and feels he never works a single day. He is able to build strong relationships with the young men, and teach them how to create change and reduce their risk. Tyler also enjoys working with horses and using them as a teaching tool. Tyler spends his free time being a loving husband and father of four wonderful children.


Ted Bell, M.Ed., LCMHC

TedBellTed has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Counseling. He obtained licensure in June 2010 as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Prior to joining The Journey Ted worked for ten years in Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) with youth in outpatient, residential, and secure settings as a Counselor and Case Manager. His clinical experience includes over seven years of conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy and completing court-ordered psychosocial parenting and mental health assessments. Ted’s experience also includes five years with Alternative Youth Adventures (90-day experiential/ wilderness program for adjudicated youth). He served as a Senior Field Instructor, Field Specialist, Team Leader/Supervisor, and Discharge Director. His specialty is working with at-risk teens (11-18 years) with diagnoses of ADHD, depression, and anxiety as well specific addictions (substance abuse, video game, pornography, etc.), trauma/PTSD, and other behavioral issues. He is passionate about helping teens and their parents understand and navigate challenging times. He is a Scout Master of five years and served his church for two years as a missionary in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an accomplished whitewater kayaker, rock climber, mountaineer, telemark skier, and world traveler. He looks forward to serving the youth and parents in Salt Lake County.